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  1. That's reassuring. I'm leaning more towards Dallas, so I hope it's the same there. I also found a list of restaurants that will still require masks, so I'll really just be patroning those while visiting and once moving there.
  2. Makes sense. I also have a trip planned to visit both cities to look at apartments and see the area (planned before learning about the change in mask requirements), so I'll get a feel for it myself first-hand pretty soon. But I'm still so angry and frustrated about the whole situation.
  3. This is more of a rant post for my fellow applicants looking to start school in Texas, but I was super excited with my acceptances and the prospect of starting school in a not only a new city, but a new part of the country. But with the mask mandate being lifted now I just feel scared, unsafe, doubting whether I should go to school in such an area, and honestly... just robbed of what should have been a positive experience? I'm sure the schools will still take the pandemic seriously, but who knows not only how the city will handle it but also the residents as well. Idk, am I alone in my fr
  4. Did you get the option to choose either your date or even the PI's you're interviewing with?
  5. Did anyone interviewing at TJU get to either a) Choose their interview dates or even b) choose who they are interviewing with? I wasn't, and I'm not even interviewing with people in my field of interest, which is frustrating...
  6. Did anyone interviewing at TJU get to either a) Choose their interview dates or even b) choose who they are interviewing with? I wasn't, and I'm not even interviewing with people in my field of interest, which is frustrating
  7. I'm not too familiar with Rockefeller as I didn't apply, but as a general rule of thumb I wouldn't compare yourself to other applicants, especially if you already were offered an interview. They saw something in you that they liked and thought would be a great addition to their program/university. Good stats help, but they aren't everything, and you don't have a full picture of their whole application. They could have had a weak SOP/LORs, or their past research wasn't a good fit, or they couldn't properly communicate themselves as a strong applicant on paper, or there was some je ne sais quo
  8. Thanks! Congrats to you too! And yeah, it was QUITE long compared to other places, but I did feel like the longer first day helped me get a LOT more info on the program that you can't get from just reading the website, so now I'm worried about future interviews and whether I'll get as good of a sense of the program and life at those universities LOL. Can't win I guess. My biggest piece of advice is getting a GOOD night's rest before each day and after, and getting a back rest for your chair. I used a hot water bottle as a make-shift one. The first day was a lot, but I did get a bit more info
  9. Only 1 out 4 of the places I have interviews with had actual social events, but it was super laid back. There was a break out both days with student hosts that we had been assigned to. The first one was just to ask questions with current students (what's life like in x city, how was the transition, do I need a car, etc) and the second was to destress after our actual interviews and go over any questions or issues we had with what had just transpired. After that, we had the opportunity to join a Zoom break-out groups to play either Codenames or a Pictionary-like game, where more faculty jumped
  10. The two places I interviewed with so far say they meet the week after. So my interviews were on a Friday, and the team meets the following Tuesday to make a decision.
  11. It really varies from school to school rather than it being similar in a certain field/program. I originally thought unless you're super arrogant/rude/clearly don't know your science, then you're essentially in. But apparently some schools only accept 30-40% post interview. Like @helpert said, some programs disclose that info, but I've found that to be super rare. For the others, I'd take a look at past years results on here for people posting rejections after being interviewed. If it's a bloodbath, I'd say it's safe to assume they are very selective when they interview.
  12. I'm not sure what the dates are unfortunately, because I wasn't given an option to choose. But I applied to the Regenerative Medicine track
  13. They could still be sending them out! I got my offer yesterday, but I think people were getting them on Friday. What track did you apply to, if you don't mind sharing?
  14. I had my first interview last week, and personally found that the 30 mins goes SO fast that using visual aids gets in the way and is a little cumbersome. Per interviewer, about 2-3 mins was devoted to talking about a specific project I did. Using figures/slides would take too much time and wouldn't add much to my explanations.
  15. I got one! It was a pretty generic email (they didn't even include my name). They assigned me a date too, so I'm not sure how many interview weekends there will be
  16. Me neither I even saw a post on Reddit with someone asking if people had heard back from DSRB with everyone replying with a resounding no (but then again, it was 2 or 3 responses only). But at the same time, as a Domestic student, I feel that if the Umbrella program sent out invitations, that would all be at once? DSRB could be super small and only accept like 1 or 2 students so it might be hard to find someone who got an interview? Idk, my philosophy at this point is keep my expectations low so if it ends up being a rejection, it won't hurt as much 😭
  17. Anyone else low-key panicking about their interviews? My first one is on the 7/8th, so right after the holiday break. I'm currently looking over notes from research I did as a freshman in undergrad and my memory is so hazy 🙃 Does anyone know how in detail I need to know this science? (Like if I ran BCA assay, I need to remember that it measure the protein concentration because the peptide bonds in the protein reduce cupric ions, etc)
  18. Got an invite from Penn State BMS! There are quite a few interview dates and time options, so maybe they'll be super selective after the interviews?
  19. Oh true, I should probably use this extra energy to work out and work off the food I've been stress eating. I keep telling myself I deserve the snacks, but honestly... have I really deserved them
  20. I'm in the same boat. I've actually received 2 emails of "you're application is still in review", the first was Nov 3rd an the second was Dec 4th. I applied to DDT though, so I'm assuming it's a rejection at this point. If it's been 10 days since people have been getting acceptances and they haven't made a decision after sending two emails over two months... I think it's a no
  21. Ugh, I used to be able to crochet, but it's been so many years. I've just been on Animal Crossing instead 😅 I'm virtually building snowmen because idk where I can properly socially distance in Boston to make them irl.
  22. Anyone else stressfully watching Netflix/sipping hot cocoa. I'm trying to distract myself but it's not working so well. I am so close to muting my other emails because I keep jumping on my phone every time I hear the email notification go off 😓
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